Internet Babylon: Secrets, Scandals, and Shocks on the Information Superhighway

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This book looks at the Internet from a sordid and entertaining perspective. The line between truth and fiction is blurred on the 'net, just as it is in Hollywood, and so are the scandals involving well-known movie and TV personalities, politicians, and the Internet's own brand of celebrities. The battle between illusion and reality is every bit as intense on the Internet as on the celluloid screen. Going beyond sites that glorify the seamier side to life, Internet Babylon is a ...

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Overview

This book looks at the Internet from a sordid and entertaining perspective. The line between truth and fiction is blurred on the 'net, just as it is in Hollywood, and so are the scandals involving well-known movie and TV personalities, politicians, and the Internet's own brand of celebrities. The battle between illusion and reality is every bit as intense on the Internet as on the celluloid screen. Going beyond sites that glorify the seamier side to life, Internet Babylon is a guide to the unique sites that appeal to selective sensibilities.

Internet Babylon gives you the ability to live vicariously through and be a participant in extraordinary, even strange, goings-on that you might never otherwise encounter in your day-to-day life. You'll not only find entertaining and titillating stories that define the rough and wild side of a major force in society that's still developing, but you'll also discover the tools you need to be on top of breaking stories and find the news that's not fit to print.

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If human beings are involved, chances are there’s a dark (or just weird) underside lurking somewhere. Heaven knows the Internet is no exception. Get on the tour bus: Internet Babylon will show you that side of town. Keep the windows raised and your arms inside.

Here are the flakes, the conspiracy theorists, the political scandals. Here’s the Church of Elvis, and the sculpture of the Last Supper created entirely in butter. Here are the blackmailers, email hoaxers, and web-based organized crime rings. Here are the Bob Crane tributes, and the reunion site for Screamin’ Jay Hawkins’s 70-plus legitimate and illegitimate kids. Here are history’s most bizarre eBay auctions. Oh, yes, and two virtual toilet paper museums. Bill Camarda

Bill Camarda is a consultant, writer, and web/multimedia content developer. His 15 books include Special Edition Using Word 2003 and Upgrading & Fixing Networks for Dummies, Second Edition.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781590592991
  • Publisher: Apress
  • Publication date: 3/11/2004
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 488
  • Product dimensions: 0.98 (w) x 9.25 (h) x 7.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Since 1996, Greg Holden has been a full-time writer of books, articles, and columns on computer and Internet-related topics. He is the author of over 20 books on e-commerce, web design, and computing.
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Table of Contents

About the Author
Acknowledgments
Pt. 1 The Rich and (In)Famous 1
Ch. 1 Family Values in Babylon 3
Ch. 2 Washed Up in Babylon 35
Ch. 3 The Babylon Enquirer 55
Pt. 2 The Afterlife 77
Ch. 4 Unsolved Mysteries in Babylon 79
Ch. 5 Death in Babylon 95
Ch. 6 God in Babylon 119
Pt. 3 Bad Boys and Naughty Girls 145
Ch. 7 Hackers and Other Internet Heroes 147
Ch. 8 Spam and Other E-Mail Follies in Babylon 169
Ch. 9 Low-Down, Dirty Scum in Babylon 193
Ch. 10 Flakes and Fanatics in Babylon 213
Pt. 4 Big Brother Is Watching 229
Ch. 11 Political Intrigue in Babylon 231
Ch. 12 Scandals in Babylon 253
Ch. 13 Government Secrets in Babylon 269
Pt. 5 Did You Hear the One About ...? 285
Ch. 14 Tongue Lashings in Babylon 287
Ch. 15 Silliness, Fun, and Games in Babylon 307
Ch. 16 Gossip in Babylon 335
Ch. 17 Internet Legends, Myths, and Symbols 351
Ch. 18 Dressing Up Your Home Page - and Yourself 375
Pt. 6 Big (and Not So Big) Business 401
Ch. 19 E-Commerce Comedies in Babylon 403
Ch. 20 But Is It Art? 427
Index 449
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  • Anonymous

    Posted January 31, 2005

    tales of the dark side

    Others have amassed guides to the Internet. Arranged in top down fashion, starting with popular topics like politics, recreation, business and sports. Then resolving down to mainstream websites like wsj.com, nytimes.com and cnn.com. But in this book, Holden offers a different twist. The topics and websites here are edgier. The book is not a sanitised Disneyland or Magic Mountain, where everything is all so safe. Think instead of this book as describing New York's Time Square, pre-1980. The book's topics include death, god and scum. The latter having websites for the cannibal Jeffrey Dahmer, and the Columbine High School killers. You, too, can become one of their fans. Other more 'friendly' topics are such gems as toilet humour and the Church of the SubGenius. Websites for the former leave little to the imagination, and for the sake of your breakfast, I will refrain from elaborating. Daresay, there is something in this book for a warp and woof in every person.

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